Ruth Down, Naomi to Go

Learning of the interpretations of the story of Ruth and Naomi in the bible the song written by the choir director takes a different meaning. Initially when reading the story, I thought that maybe the comment made by John was a reference to a potential relationship but the story from the bible makes it much clearer. The idea of cleaving oneself from society and norms for love appears to be a very real aspect to this story. Lyrically, it makes a lot of sense, the song mentions leaving and following a person. Perhaps this is a reference to the choir director following Delly to Paris and them being able to live a much freer life there. Ruth and Naomi left and were able to live full lives without the norms of the time just as Delly and the director should.
John seems to not approve of this. Despite the fact that Delly is the best singer many of the parishioners have ever heard, John does not enjoy the fact his son is no longer interested in sports or the things that he wishes him to be. His comment of “one down, one to go,” makes a lot of sense because he sees the director and his son in some sort of unholy bond and he wishes his son would faint to stop his embarrassment. This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative.

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